Monday, April 28, 2008

Today In History - Muhammad Ali and Other Top Men Not At The Top Any Longer

Maybe there are a lot of other days in history like today, but for some reason when going through the historical events that have taken place on April 28th, it caught my eye that some high ranking people in their fields either stepped down or were taken down on this date.

1635: Virginia Governor John Harvey is accused of treason and removed from office (Top Man Of His Colony)

1789: Fletcher Christian leads Mutiny on HMS Bounty and Capt William Bligh (Top Man On His Ship)

1918: Gavrilo Princip, the assassin of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and the archduke's wife Sophie, died in prison of tuberculosis. (Top Assassin of His Time)

1945: Benito Mussolini is killed by Italian partisans (Top Man Of An Axis Power)

1946: The Allies indict Tojo on 55 counts of war crimes (Top Man of The Japanese Military then Prime Minister of Japan during WWII)

1967: Muhammad Ali refuses induction into the U.S. Army and is stripped of boxing title (Top Man In Boxing, but Alas Not in Patriotism)

1969: Charles de Gaulle resigns as president of France (Leader of free France, and Top Man In The French Government)

1977: Judgments were passed on Andreas Baader, Gudrun Ensslin and Jan-Carl Raspe, the leaders of the Red Army Faction and Baader-Meinhoff Group. They were sentenced to life imprisonment (Top of A Terrorist Organization)

1996: After finishing his lunch at the Broad Arrow Cafe in Port Arthur, Tasmania, 28-year-old Martin Bryant pulls out an AR15 rifle and kills 12 tourists. Then he drives to a nearby bed & breakfast and slays 23 others. Bryant surrenders himself to police the next morning. (Top Killer in Australia. Although he surrendered on April 29th, he burned himself badly in his assault on the B&B, and thus an event that took place today is what led to his downfall.)

Of all the ones who fell from grace today, the one that comes to my mind most readily is Muhammad Ali. Because he refused to be inducted into the draft, he was stripped of his boxing title and not allowed in the ring. Too bad he was ever allowed back into the ring to box again is all I can say. Ali was to have been drafted while the war was ongoing. His claim was that because of his religion he would not and could not fight as part of U.S. Military forces. Guess what religion it was of which he was a member at the time. If you guessed the so called Religion of Peace, you got it. Here is what, according to Wikipedia, Ali had to say about fighting for the USA:

"Ali stated that "War is against the teachings of the Holy Qur'an. I'm not trying to dodge the draft. We are not supposed to take part in no wars unless declared by Allah or The Messenger. We don't take part in Christian wars or wars of any unbelievers." Ali also famously said in 1966: "I ain't got no quarrel with them Viet Cong ... They never called me nigger."[7][8]. "

Funny though how fighting in war, or even going into the military as a conscientious objector was not okay for him, but climbing back in the ring to smash in other peoples faces was quite alright. People see him as a sports great; and while I have never called him a nigger either, my opinion of him is that he is unpatriotic, and he amounts to little more than a sack of shit manure. To me he is just another Islamic extremist who would live by Sharia law, rather than by the laws of the USA. Yes folks, the warnings about Islam came even way back in the 60s.

The above historical dates and events were gleaned from:

All the best,
Glenn B